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2006 pb 224 pages
Item #550
ISBN 978-1-57274-749-4

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Caught in the Spell of Writing and
Reading: Grade 3 and Beyond
by Margaret E. Mooney and Terrell A. Young

Based on their classroom and leadership experiences, seven experienced educators from the united States, New Zealand, and Australia share new perspectives on what it means to write and read  "to, with, for, and by" students in the intermediate and middle school realm. The authors' practical insights and effective techniques for assessing and instructing bring clarity to what it means to engage, inspire and instruct writers an readers today's and tomorrow's classrooms.
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“Caught in the Spell of Writing and Reading: Grade 3 and Beyond explores and expands Margaret Mooney’s concepts of reading and writing to, with, and by children. The book offers a constructive, child-centered framework and extensive practical examples of learner-centered instruction beyond Grade 3. Specific instructional strategies and uses of fiction and nonfiction literature are plentiful. Informed by the national and international experiences of the authors (including with English language learners) and by research on literacy instruction, this book provides theory, structure, and practical specifics. It is destined to be widely read, and used, by teachers.”
       Peter H. Johnston, Professor of Education,
       University at Albany–SUNY

“The fact that writing and reading are so completely linked came up time and again in this practical book. I also appreciate the focus on and clear examples for intentional teaching, planning, assessing, and evaluating. In my work with teachers, one of the biggest understandings is that all of our instruction has to be intentional. It’s great that the various contributors focus on this concept. I definitely recommend Caught in the Spell of Writing
and Reading to teachers as well as to literacy coaches."

               Kevin Shrum,
               middle and high school literacy coach,
               Bellingham, Washington



Author Bios:

Margaret E. Mooney’s teaching, writing, and publishing career began in New Zealand, but for the past several years she has been dividing her time between New Zealand and the United States, especially the state of Washington. She encourages teachers to view all children as worthy, not needy, emphasizing education as a process of enhancement and not one of compensation. She promotes guided reading as an instructional approach in which children practice, apply, and extend skills and strategies in order to understand text on the first reading. Margaret has written the Books for Young Learners Teacher Resource, Text Forms and Features: A Resource for Intentional Teaching, Reading To, With, and By Children, and Developing Life- long Readers. In 1998, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Margaret as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to education, particularly the teaching of reading.

Other Books by Margaret Mooney

A Book is A Present: Selecting
Text for Intentional Teaching

Text Forms and Features: A Resource for  Intentional Teaching

Developing Life-long Readers

Reading To, With, and BY Children


Terrell A. Young is a professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, where teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and reading. Terry taught elementary school for twelve  years in Wyoming, Utah, and Venezuela. He is the past president of both the Washington Organization for Reading Development and the IRA Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group and the current president of the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly. He co-authored the books Literature-Based Instruction with English Language Learners, K-12 (Allyn & Bacon, 2002) and What Every Teacher Should Know about English Language Learners (Allyn & Bacon, 2004), edited Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature with Elementary and Middle School Students (IRA, 2004), and co-edited Supporting the Literacy Development of English Learners: Increasing Success in All Classrooms (IRA, 2006). He is blessed to be married to a wonderful elementary music teacher and to have four terrific kids to remind him of his imperfections.


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